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2020–21 CNP Reimbursement Rates

Child Nutrition Program (CNP) meal reimbursement rates.
Important Notice: CACFP Program Moved to CDSS

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may not be current and involves the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that has moved to CDSS. Visit the CDSS CACFP web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Rates
School Nutrition Program (SNP) Rates
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Rates

CACFP Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates shown below are for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

CACFP Centers Reimbursement

Type of Meal Free Reduced-Price Base
Breakfast $1.89 $1.59 $0.32
Lunch and Supper $3.51 $3.11 $0.33
Snacks $0.96 $0.48 $0.08

Note: CACFP center rates do not include cash-in-lieu value for commodities. Centers receive cash-in-lieu of commodities equal to $0.2450 for each lunch and supper served to enrolled participants.

Day Care Homes (Child Care Only) Federal Reimbursement

Tier Breakfast Lunch/Supper Snacks
Tier I $1.39 $2.61 $0.78
Tier II $0.50 $1.58 $0.21

Note: CACFP day care home rates include a cash-in-lieu value for commodities.

Administrative Reimbursement for Day Care Home Sponsoring Organizations

Rate Description Initial 50 day care homes Next 150 day care homes Next 800 day care homes Each additional day care home
Monthly Rate per Home $120 $91 $71 $63

State Meal Reimbursement for Child Care Centers Administered by a Public School Food Authority

Type of Meal Free Reduced-Price Base
Breakfast
$0.1822
$0.1822
Not Applicable
 Lunch
$0.1822
$0.1822
Not Applicable

State Meal Reimbursement for Day Care Homes Sponsored by a Public School Food Authority

Breakfast / Lunch
Day Care Home sponsoring organizations that are public school food authorities (SFAs) receive $0.1822 state reimbursement for 75 percent of the breakfast and lunches served to participating children.

SNP Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates shown below for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Total (combined) reimbursement includes operating and administrative components.

School Breakfast Program

Type of Meal Free Reduced-Price Paid
Basic Breakfast $1.89 $1.59 $0.32
Especially Needy Breakfast $2.26 $1.96 $0.32

Note: Especially Needy Breakfast is for approved sites that served 40 percent or more free and reduced-price lunches in 2017-2018.

National School Lunch Program

*Certified SFAs are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served beginning October 1, 2012.

Description Free Free+7 cents* Reduced-Price Reduced-Price+7 cents* Paid Paid+7cents*
Agencies that served less than 60% free/reduced-price lunches in 2017–18 $3.51 $3.58 $3.11 $3.18 $0.33 $0.40
Agencies that served 60% or more free/reduced-price lunches in 2017–18 $3.53 $3.60 $3.13 $3.20 $0.35 $0.42
Commodity Value $0.37 $0.37 $0.37 $0.37 $0.37 $0.37

Note: Payments listed for free and reduced-price lunches include both section 4 and section 11 funds of the National School Lunch Act.

Meal Supplements (After-School Snacks) in the National School Lunch Program

Meal Free Reduced-Price Paid
Snacks $0.96 $0.48 $0.08

State Meal Program and State Meal Reimbursement for Public SFAs Serving Breakfasts and Lunches in Federal Programs

Agency Type Free Reduced-Price Paid
Prop 98 Agencies certified with EC sections 49430, 49430.5, & 49430.7 $0.2445
$0.2445
Not Applicable
 Prop 98 Agencies not certified with EC sections 49430, 49430.5, & 49430.7
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All Other (or non-Prop 98)
Agencies
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Special Milk Program

Free Reduced-Price Paid
Average cost per half pint
Not Applicable
Per half pint: $0.2025

SFSP Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates shown below are for January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

Total (combined) reimbursement includes operating and administrative components.

Type of Meal Rural or Self-prep All Other Site Types
Breakfast
$2.3750
$2.3300
Lunch or Supper
$4.1525
$4.0875
Snacks
$0.9775
$0.9550
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 11, 2021
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